The public is invited to join the Bureau of Land Management Rawlins Field Office (RFO) in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help repair and paint the Teton Reservoir campground and day use area and facilities which were impacted by extreme winter weather.
NPLD is an opportunity for individuals, families, and youth and civic groups to learn about their public lands and help preserve the nation’s natural resources and landscapes for future generations. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, and continue until 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28 at the RFO, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins, Wyo.
Volunteers are asked to wear proper work attire and bring safety glasses and gloves. Gloves will be provided to those who do not have their own. Lunch will also be provided.
NPLD began in 1994 with 700 volunteers and three sites. Last year, more than 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,067 sites and collected an estimated 500 tons of trash, removed an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants and contributed an estimated $17 million to improve public lands across the country.
For more information, please contact RFO Outdoor Recreation Planner Dave Hullum at 307-328-4310.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.